Review by Steve Duffy –
Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), a rescue chopper pilot, is having a really bad day – his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) serves him with divorce papers and announces she and their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) are moving in with her new boyfriend (Loan Gruffudd). Oh, and to make matter worse a major earthquake hits Nevada and is moving its way up to the coast.
Dwayne Johnson versus Mother Nature! Even though he ditches his job as a rescue chopper pilot to rescues his family during the biggest disaster of all time, he still makes an awesome action hero you want to cheer for. This may not be one of his best performances, but he does have some great one-liners.
Paul Giamatti plays a Cal Tech seismologist who mumbles through the movie trying to warn everyone of the coming cataclysm.
Daddario has a great screen presence and makes the romance with Hugo Johnstone-Burt work while trying to avoid falling skyscrapers in San Francisco.
With so many advances in CGI technology, one would think that the destruction of California would look more real. I mean, Irwin Allen produced some of the greatest disaster films in the 70’s, that still stand the test of time.
The predictability of the plot and the weak script still makes for a great summer film that you can only enjoy on the big screen.
PG-13 for intense disaster action and mayhem throughout, and brief strong language
Runtime: 2 hr. 3 min.